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Selecting a Roommate for your Apartment In Jacksonville

Having a roommate to share the expenses of an apartment has both pros and cons, so careful consideration should be given to choosing a roommate. There can be some unpleasant surprises for not doing serious homework before making any decision. Done systematically, however, the outcome can be very positive....lower rent, someone to talk to, and perhaps a new friendship.

First, you should do some careful self analysis to determine what kind of person you want to share living space with. What kind of individual would best match your personality and lifestyle. Are you neat and tidy, with an attitude about your space staying organized. Then you obviously couldn't tolerate someone who falls into the category of being a slob. What are your social habits? What gender would you prefer? It is essential to keep an open mind because you aren't likely to find the perfect individual who meets all your preferences. And being totally honest with yourself is a top priority.

Begin by letting friends know that you are searching for a roommate. Also inquire with work associates. Both are good sources. Then there are the general sources to search like Facebook, Craigslist, Twitter. Post notes on bulletin boards, check classifieds etc. Some Jacksonville apartment complexes even offer free roommate matching service. There is no perfect formula. Just be persistent.

Then examine any potential prospects carefully. Ask lots of questions. Drinking? Smoking? Girlfriends, Party Habits? Sleep late or stay up all night? Like loud music? Check off all the usual vices. But don't stop there. Check as many sources as possible, such as internet credit check, criminal record, references, proof of employment, and verify any personal information provided. It's natural for everyone to try to present the best image possible, but outright misrepresenting personal facts could indicate deeper problems. It probably pays to treat the interview like a job application. Have the individual fill out an application form. If this person is to be equally responsible for rent and utilities, then you should feel comfortable that he or she is reliable; it is better to be over-cautious than be faced with the grim facts latter. A good candidate won't mind providing you with their personal information. Make it clear that this is a business decision.

Finally, when you have settled on the near perfect candidate, have a sit down conversation and hash out all the details about what is expected and when. Better to have a full understanding up front about when rent is due, who stays where, what behavior is acceptable, and all the gory details. Even better than a verbal agreement would be a written agreement or email. A frank open understanding can lead to a good, long lasting living relationship.

Apartments in Area:

Jacksonville Apartment - Registry At Windsor Parke

1 to 3 BDRM apartment in Jacksonville, FL from $859 to $1389


Jacksonville Apartment - Hacienda Club

1 to 3 BDRM apartment in Jacksonville, FL from $1010 to $1850


Jacksonville Apartment - Cabana Club

1 to 3 BDRM apartment in Jacksonville, FL from $1055 to $1399


Jacksonville Apartment - Paradise Island

1 to 3 BDRM apartment in Jacksonville, FL from $780 to $1300


Jacksonville Apartment - Spyglass

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Jacksonville Apartment - Apartment and Condo Selector Jacksonville

Eff to 4 BDRM apartment in Jacksonville, FL from $475 to $2500


Jacksonville Apartment - CitiGate

1 to 3 BDRM apartment in Jacksonville, FL from $975 to $1545


Jacksonville Apartment - Four at Deerwood

Eff to 3 BDRM apartment in Jacksonville, FL from $955 to $1770


Jacksonville Apartment - Sail Cove Condominiums

1 to 3 BDRM apartment in Jacksonville, FL from $750 to $1478